Toyland Express (Can You See What I See? Series)

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An amazing new search-and-find adventure from the creative mind of renowned photographer and author Walter Wick.

Amazing photographs accompany a search-and-find story by Walter Wick, the creator of award-winning picture books, the author and photographer of the New York Times bestselling Can You See What I See? series, and the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series.

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Overview

An amazing new search-and-find adventure from the creative mind of renowned photographer and author Walter Wick.

Amazing photographs accompany a search-and-find story by Walter Wick, the creator of award-winning picture books, the author and photographer of the New York Times bestselling Can You See What I See? series, and the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series.

CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TOYLAND EXPRESS, the eighth title in the bestselling search-and-find series, follows the life of a toy train from the workshop to the attic, only to be rescued at a yard sale and brought to life once again in a new home. As readers search for more than 250 hidden objects, they will also notice how the train takes on various transformations along its journey.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist Advanced Review, November 2011:
Wick\u2019s latest seek-and-find book begins in a toymaker\u2019s workshop, where an unpainted wooden train set and many other wooden toys and parts can be seen. A rhyme challenges children to find 20 things among the hundreds of tiny objects. The next 11 double-page spreads follow the toys\u2019 progression as they are painted, displayed in a shop, received on a birthday, left on a bedroom floor, and repurposed in scenes involving a snowy mountain, a circus, and a dollhouse. Forgotten in an attic, they reemerge at a yard sale,
receive repairs, and find new life in a toy-land cityscape. Wick\u2019s puzzle design and picture composition are as masterful as his photography. An appended note offers insight into the book\u2019s subject and acknowledges the \u201cteam of artists\u201d who contributed to it. The handsome endpapers, depicting the toys in soft-edged drawings washed with gentle colors, contrast nicely with the bright, crisply delineated photos.
Like other books in the Can You See What I See? series, this book offers practice in visual-discrimination skills as well as a great deal of fun.
— Carolyn Phelan

Kirkus Reviews, June 2011:
Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.

This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.

No puzzle here—these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you are familiar with the earlier books that Walter Wick did with Jean Marollo, you will certainly see something different here. At first it looks like the usual "I Spy" sort of book—name something and look for it in the extremely complex layouts that have been photographed. In addition there is a character named Seymour who hides in every picture. Toyland Express tells a story. It starts with a wooden train in a workshop. The train and other items take on rich colors and the train is shown in a toy store window circling on a track and a big box notes that this is the "Toyland Express—Deluxe Train Set." It comes with houses and tress, people and more to stage a scene as the train circles the track. The set is purchased as a birthday present and takes its place among the other toys and for a while it reigns supreme, but eventually it ends up cast aide in the attic with lots of other toys. A yard sale gives it new life and thus a happy ending to the story. There is an extensive author's note detailing information about the book and him and a link to his website. One can only marvel at the amount of work that goes into the preparation of these scenes and enjoy something that harkens back to the time before TV and computerized games grabbed kids' attention. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews

Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.

This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.

No puzzle here—these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545244831
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Can You See What I See? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 350,583
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Wick is the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series as well as the author and photographer of the bestselling Can You See What I See? series. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Connecticut.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Great Detail!

    This books is great for kids and train lovers alike! My kids love the search and find feature of the book, but I really enjoyed the story behind the pictures. As you turn each page, watch how the story of the little wooden train unfolds. Simply Magical!

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